State swimming roundup
December 4, 2013
Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins title in butterfly
The Liberty girls swim team notched its highest finish ever at the Nov. 15-16 3A state championships held at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center.
The team finished fifth, just missing the chance at a team trophy, but several swimmers came home with individual medals.
Leading the way for the Patriots was junior Mackenna Briggs, who captured her second individual crown in three seasons, winning the 100 butterfly in 55.02 seconds. Her time was the fourth fastest in state history.
Briggs, who won the 100 backstroke title as a freshman, also finished second this season in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.71.
Sophomores Ellie Hohensinner and Lauryn Hepp also won individual medals. Hohensinner was sixth in the 500 free (5:12.80) and Hepp was eighth in the 100 backstroke (59.99).
The Patriots qualified all three relays for state, and won medals in the 200 free relay (fifth, 1:41.70) and 400 free relay (fourth, 3:39.10).
Briggs, Hohensinner, freshman Sydney Hartford and junior Cecilia Nelson swam in the 200 free relay; while Briggs, Hohensinner, Nelson and Hepp swam the 400 free relay.
The future looks bright for the Patriots, since no one from this year’s state team will graduate in 2014.
Hazen finishes 16th
The Hazen girls swim team finished just two spots below last year’s mark, taking 16th in this year’s 3A state championships.
All-league swimmer Talisa Wibmer led the team in her final state competition.
Wibmer, a senior, took second place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.11, and finished fifth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.02.
Sophomores Kristen LeBar and Clarissa Mitchell and junior Kourtney Brunings all swam in consolation finals.